Mr H.M. Beatty, Chief Locomotive Superintendent of the Cape Government Railways (CRG), designed the class 6H Locomotive. Locomotive No. 627 was built by Nielson Reid & Co of Scotland as works No. 5875 in 1901. It was in service until 1971 and erected as a monument at Mafeking Railway Station in 1972.
The painting of Locomotive No. 627 is a commissioned work produced by Tony Weitz in 1984 as part of the publicity and advertising campaign for the Mafeking Centenary celebrations in 1985.
Tony now works and lives in Zurich as an...Read more
As part of the future Transnet Foundation museum project at Bloemfontein, one of the two surviving 25 class condensing locos is to be moved from Beaconsfield Depot shortly to join other locomotives at Bloemfontein for the proposed museum. This was featured on the SABC news and in the local Kimberley newspaper, The Diamond Fields Advertiser (DFA). Click on the links below to view the features. As you will see not everyone is pleased about the move.
DFA news article
Between 1896 and 1897, a magnificent steel structure was fabricated in Rotterdam, Holland, to the design of one Jacob Klinkhamer. It was sent to South Africa and erected at Johannesburg’s main station. When the new station was completed in 1952, it was dismantled and moved to the railway training college at Esselen Park. In 1995, it was moved again, this time to Newtown, where it was to form the nucleus of a “world class” transport museum. For 20 years it has stood at Newtown, empty and unused. Now a housing...Read more
The revitalisation of the Ceres branch in the Western Cape by the concessionaire, The Ceres Railway Company, is moving forward with the first container train having run from Ceres to Cape Town in the last week of August. Plans for passenger operation are well underway with the first trains expected in late 2015. This will be steam hauled from Cape Town to Ceres leaving on a Saturday morning with overnight accommodation and meals in Ceres. Return will be on Sunday afternoon allowing visitors to enjoy Ceres. An option of bus...Read more
Recently we reported on the last commercial steam in South Africa at Sappi Saiccor in Umkomaas and the theft of rails from the Cullinan branch. The UK magazine, Steam Railway, has reported these items together with a short story on the last industrial steam in Southern Africa at BCL Mine in Selebe Pikwe in Botswana.
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In one of the most progressive moves in the rail preservation arena in South Africa, the Sandstone Heritage Trust, Reefsteamers and Friends of the Rail have announced a cooperation agreement to take them forward in the years to come.
This has commenced with the planned return to service of David Shepherd’s celebrity 15F No. 3052 and Sandstone’s GMAM No. 4079 after extensive refurbishment at Reefsteamers in the coming months.
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Both Reefsteamers and Friends of The Rail will showcase themselves with public Open days in 2015 and...Read more
The recent purchase of scrap 2ft narrow gauge wagons from the Port Elizabeth area raised some comments on social media by the Apple Express. Mr Wilfred Mole, of Sandstone Heritage Trust, has written this open letter to Ms. Nerina Skuy, the Chairperson of the Apple Express and Chairperson of the Heritage Railway Association of Southern Africa, outlining the motivation behind these purchases. Below is the letter and attachments.
Amidst the noise and social media frenzy it is perhaps a good idea to stop, step back, and actually reflect on the...Read more
The Centurion Society of Model Engineers is a club based in Pretoria who are passionate about their model steam. Have a look at their latest newsletter and some fascinating facts about the multi gauge tracks they use.
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There has been a long running consultation between Transnet Foundation and the South African Heritage Resource Agency over the fate of the remaining steam locomotives in South Africa. Whilst those on lease lend to various clubs and organisations will be unaffected, the vast majority of the remainder will either be sold, put on lease lend or scrapped. The letter below from HRASA confirms that the decision to go ahead with this has been taken.
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